Latin American Philosophy

Latin American Philosophy

Currents, Issues, Debates
Distribution: World
Publication date: 02/06/2003
Format: Paperback 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21563-5
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The essays in this book make it elegantly clear that there is a vigorous and rigorous Latin American philosophy... and that others dismiss it at their peril." —Mario Sáenz

The ten essays in this lively anthology move beyond a purely historical consideration of Latin American philosophy to cover recent developments in political and social philosophy as well as innovations in the reception of key philosophical figures from the European Continental tradition. Topics such as indigenous philosophy, multiculturalism, the philosophy of race, democracy, postmodernity, the role of women, and the position of Latin America and Latin Americans in a global age are explored by notable philosophers from the region. An introduction by Eduardo Mendieta examines recent trends and points to the social, political, economic, and cultural conditions that have inspired the discipline. Latin American Philosophy brings English-speaking readers up to date with recent scholarship and points to promising new directions.

Author Bio

Eduardo Mendieta teaches philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is author of The Adventures of Transcendental Philosophy and co-editor of Thinking from the Underside of History and Latin America and Postmodernity.


A valuable introduction to the largely ignored field of Latin American philosophy . . . [It] outlines a novel approach to understanding the aimsnature, and function of Latin American philosophy. . . . Recommended

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Introduction Eduardo Mendieta

Part 1. On the Historiography of Latin American Philosophy
1. 20th Century Latin American Philosophy Enrique Dussel

Part 2. Can or Should There Be a Latin American Philosophy?
2. Ethnic Philosophy: The Latin American Case Jorge Gracia
3. Latin American Philosophy as Critical Ontology of the Present: Themes and Motifs for a "Critique of Latin American Reason" Santiago Castro-Gómez
4. On Indigenous and Latin American Philosophy Walter Mignolo

Part 3. Neither Modern nor Postmodern: Postcolonial Globality
5. Borges and Postmodernity Alfonso de Toro
6. Modernism and Postmodern Discourse in the Brazilian Content Amós Nascimento
7. Continental Philosophy and Postcolonial Subject Ofelia Schutte

Part 4. (Re)Discovering the Political and Ethical in History
8. On the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: The Case of Chiapas María Herrera Lima
9. Democratization in the Context of a Postmodern Culture Norbert Lechner
10. On Citizenship: On the Garmmatology of the Body-Politic Beatriz González Stephan